State v. Norman, 324 N.C. 253
39-year-old defendant badly abused by husband during 25-year marriage; frequently punched, kicked, hit with bear bottles and other objects, burned with cigarettes and hot coffee, forced into prostituteion at local truck stop, humiliated in public and called "dog", "female dog", "whore", forced to eat pet food from bowl on floor, threatened with maiming and killing for years. Defendant tried to contact social services, but was dragged back by husband, beaten and burned. Defendant eventually got a pistol and shot her husband while he was sleeping.
Trial court convicted defendant for voluntary manslaughter. Appeals court rejected self-defense argument, affirmed conviction.